Destination Resources: Plan Ahead

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Boston

Tips for Travelers in the Particular city – comfy shoes, layered clothing, food must try/stay away from:
Boston is referred to as a ‘Walking City’ and has many cobblestone streets, therefore comfortable shoes are recommended. Medium weight clothing is suitable for most of the year, although lightweight garments are recommended during the summer months and a warm coat is a necessity during the winter. For the most part, dining in New England is casual. Formal dress (tie and jacket for men) for dinner is required at some restaurants in Boston and at some resorts. An absolute must try is the New England clam chowder.

Electrical Voltage

The U.S. operates on 120 volts, 60 Hz. Electrical outlets are mainly two pin plugs, though three-pin plugs are also widely used. European appliances without dual-voltage capabilities will require an adapter, which can be purchased in most major departure airports.

Weather/Climate

Boston has a continental climate with very changeable weather patterns such as wide temperature swings in a matter of days, and unseasonal snowfalls. Summers are usually sunny, hot and humid, the temperature in July averaging 82F (28C). Winters, by contrast, are bitterly cold, windy, wet and snowy. Boston averages 42 inches (108cm) of snowfall annually, much of it deposited in north-easterly storms. The best time to travel to Boston is in late spring or early autumn, when the weather is warm and pleasant. Autumn is particularly lovely when New England’s trees wear their colorful fall foliage.

Average Temperatures in Boston / New England
MonthMaximum / Minimum (Celsius)
January2 / -4
February3 / -3
March7 / 0
April14 / 5
May10 / 19
June25 / 15
July28 / 18
August27 / 17
September22 / 14
October17 / 9
November11 / 5
December4 / -2

Currency

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted. Travelers checks should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local Time

The USA is divided into six time zones. New England is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT -5). New England observes Daylight Saving Time between March and November when clocks go back one hour.

Telephone Access and Pay Phones

You can find pay phones in many shops around the city, in hotels and in cultural places like the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For more information about the location of pay phones, visit the Payphone Project.

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